Milton 45, Forsyth Central 0
Forsyth Central 0 0 0 0_0
Milton 10 21 14 0_45
M_Adams 2 run (kick good), 10:21
M_Aguello 22 yard FG, 3:19
M_Adams 20 run (kick good), 10:17
M_Yates 15 run (kick good), 6:34
M_Hairston 23 pass from Yates (kick good), :35
M_Adams 46 run (kick good), 9:23
M_Duley 19 pass from Yates (kick good), 6:33
MILTON – A poor defensive effort and offensive struggles caged Forsyth Central on a cold October Friday night, falling to Milton 45-0.
Central had to win to fend off falling out of playoff contention. Central (3-4, 0-3) came into Friday night’s contest with confidence after forcing three turnovers against West the week before. Milton (3-5, 1-2) entered the matchup in search of keeping its playoff dreams alive after suffering a 31-6 blowout to South Forsyth last week.
“We have a lot of kids banged up and bruised up, and we’re having to start from ground zero,” said Central head coach Frank Hepler. “The kids played hard, but Milton was in the same spot we were, in a must win situation.”
On the very first drive of the game Milton did not waste any time, driving the ball down the field scoring in just over a minute on a - yard Cameron Adams touchdown run. Adams finished the night with 13 carries for 166 yards and three touchdowns.
Central, on their ensuing possession failed to answer after the Milton defense nearly intercepted Tristen Rose, but was dropped forcing the Bulldogs to punt.
After scoring in under two minutes the Eagles offense drove the field with ease before a huge defensive stop by the Central defense forced Milton to settle for a 22-yard field to extend their lead to 10-0.
With the Bulldogs down 10-0 in the early going it was crucial to respond, but mistakes plagued Central as they found themsleves inside their own ten-yard line. Milton’s defense suffocated the Central running game forcing Rose to throw on third and long, which resulted in a near interception before referees ruled the catch incomplete forcing the Bulldogs to punt.
With all of the momentum in their corner the Eagles were back to receive the punt, but a game changing special teams play allowed Central to have new life after Milton fumbled the punt giving them their best field position of the night on their own 35.
Central’s offense began to find a rhythm for the first time all game driving to the Milton 49, but a third down miscue killed the drive, and ultimately the game as Milton pulled away scoring on their next three drives to go into halftime leading 31-0.
“Overall we weren’t at our best tonight,” said Rose. “That’s what shot us down. It’s as simple as that. You have to keep competing and see where you can go from there.”
The Bulldogs found no momentum to start the third quarter as they again were forced to punt. Adams placed the nail in the coffin on their next drive running it in from 46 yards out to extend the lead to 38-0, and seal the game.
With the loss, Central remains winless in region play under first year head coach Frank Hepler. The Bulldogs will play host to South Forsyth next Friday with huge implications towards the region with two weeks remaining before the state playoffs.